Environment, Housing, Transportation
State or Federal?
Administered by the Strategic Growth Council and implemented by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the AHSC Program funds land-use, housing, transportation, and land preservation projects to support infill and compact development that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The AHSC Program will assist project areas by providing grants and/or loans, or any combination thereof, that will achieve GHG emissions reductions and benefit Disadvantaged Communities through increasing accessibility of affordable housing, employment centers, and key destinations via low-carbon transportation resulting in fewer vehicle miles traveled (VMT) through shortened or reduced trip length or mode shift from Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) use to transit, bicycling, or walking. Three Project Area types have been identified to implement this strategy:

- Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Project Areas;
- Integrated Connectivity Project (ICP) Project Areas; or
- Rural Innovation Project Areas (RIPA).
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, K-12 School Districts, Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Private Corporations
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicant entities include any of the following:

- A locality, public housing authority, redevelopment successor agency, transit agency or transit operator, Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), local Transportation Commissions, Congestion Management Agencies, Joint Powers Authority (JPA), school district, facilities district, university or community college district.
- A developer or program operator.
- A federally recognized Indian Tribe whose Project meets requirements listed in Appendix B of the AHSC Program Guidelines

If a public agency has a financial or real property interest in the proposed project, the application must either include the public agency as a co-applicant or otherwise include a commitment to enter into a contractual agreement to develop the project, if it is awarded.

Eligible activities:
- Affordable Housing Developments
- Housing-Related Infrastructure
- Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure
- Transportation-Related Amenities
- Program Costs (including active transportation, transit ridership, or criteria air pollutant reduction programs)
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jan 16, 2018
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Oct 02, 2017
Min Award
Max Award
Preliminary Items
Application workshops and pre-application consultations were held:

Sacramento - October 2, 2017
Fresno - October 4, 2017
San Francisco - October 5, 2017
Los Angeles - October 10, 2017
Riverside - October 11, 2017
San Diego - October 12, 2017
Match Required?
Match Notes
See Section 103 of the Program Guidelines for guidance on eligible program costs.
California Department of Housing and Community Development
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Fifty (50) percent of the available funds are set aside for Affordable Housing Developments, and 50 percent of the available funds are set aside for projects benefitting Disadvantaged Communities.

AHSC Program funds will be allocated through a competitive process, based on the merits of the application to support sustainable development that expands and improves transit, walking and bicycling infrastructure and provides opportunities to reduce VMT by supporting connectivity between housing and destinations to bring about reduction of GHG emissions. Scoring criteria is divided into three categories: GHG Quantification Methodology Scoring (30 points), Quantitative Policy Scoring (55 points), and Narrative-Based Policy Scoring (15 points).
Further Information
Questions may be directed to the AHSC Program at (916) 263-2771 or
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